Arunachal Pradesh Governor BD Mishra on Tuesday called for establishment of National Cadet Corps (NCC) units in all the districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
There must be NCC units in the all the district headquarters across the State and maximum number of eligible students must enroll for the training, said the Arunachal Governor during his interaction with the Additional Director General of NCC-Northeast, Major General Raju Chauhan and 1st Arunachal Pradesh NCC Battalion Commanding Officer Colonel RK Sharma, at Raj Bhawan, Itanagar.
The Governor emphasized that in the line of the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the activities under NCC programmes should be taken up with more thrust towards ‘nation building’, involving larger number of students.
“Our cadets must have the opportunities of attending the regular NCC training and take ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ Certificate examinations of NCC and work hard to get selected for the Republic Day parade,” the Governor stressed.
Mishra, who recently had graced the prize distribution ceremony of the combined annual training camp of NCC for the cadets of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam at Dera Natung College, here, said that the students of Arunachal Pradesh have huge potential.
“With proper guidance and motivation, they can excel in many fields. They can make very good officers in our Armed Forces and be asset to the nation. They can be role model for the youth of the northeastern region,” he said.
The Governor further requested the officers to prepare a time-bound plan to start the 2nd Arunachal Pradesh NCC Battalion, which is sanctioned for Tawang, at the earliest.
On the issue of the academic losses to the cadets in their final months of the academic session due to participation in Republic Day NCC Camp, the Governor proposed for conducting the All India NCC Camp, at Delhi in the month of August to coincide with the Independence Day celebration.
He pointed out that by changing the date of the All India Camp in Delhi, the academic interest of the students will be taken care of. This will not cause any logistic problem in Delhi and it will be connected to another important national event of Independence Day.
Earlier, Major General Chauhan and State’s Secretary for Education Madhu Rani Teotia briefed the Governor on various programmes of NCC in the State. They also had a threadbare discussion on the NCC Training Area and opening of NCC Academy in the State and on promotion of NCC in different educational institutes in various districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Chief Minister said he seeks to expand the Indian Military Cadet Corps in all higher secondary schools of Arunachal by raising NCC units in all the uncovered schools.
He said upgrading of the 22(I) Coy at Pasighat to a full-fledged battalion and raising of another NCC battalion at Tawang will help in filling cadet vacancies in those schools.
Khandu appealed to the Government of India for a separate Group Headquarters of NCC to have better command and control over its two proposed NCC units including the existing Battalion at Itanagar.
The Chief Minister said it is the vision of Prime Minister Modi that the Indian military cadet corps should have its reach in all the border areas of the country.
He assured the visiting NCC officials to provide infrastructure, manpower and financial support for expansion of NCC in Arunachal.